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I am working on a minor distraction from the Space Hulk set I am working on. I was at my local GW store last week (well about a week and a half) and I was talking with the manager and he was telling me he was trying to collect 1000 space marine chapters and asked if I wanted to contribute... This got my interest flowing to revisit my Sons of Dorn Space Marine chapter and I promptly set about going through my various bits to assemble this guy.
I just started painting him tonight and hope to finish by this weekend. He has been primed white and has had a slight black ink wash.
His basecoat is a mixture of mostly bone white with a drop or two of beasty brown (both VGC). To match the other units in my army I start by applying a coat of bone white. I then take sepia and brown ink and "stain" around the armor joints in an irregular pattern.
To this I slowly build up the color to an almost white (still a strong bone color). I alternate several times with the bone and the inks to get the "rust weather" to look right and since the bone white is so transparent it takes a while to blend up. The pictures so far are really only one application of the ink and a little bit of the bone white. There is still work that is needed, but once it is done it will look less messy and smoother. A messy start if you will that cleans up nicely.
Last edited by slorak; February 1st, 2012 at 00:38.
Looks nice so far. I particularly like the base, and the pose of the model is fairly dynamic.
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Looks interesting thus far. I do like seeing the messy beginning developing into a fantastic looking model, so I'm hoping that's the way this one goes!
I should have most of the figure done tomorrow or Friday. It is a painful procedure but I think it turns out looking pretty decent. Sometimes it takes a few layers going back and forth between the ink and the bone white to get that right amount of rust smudge... I have two 10 man squads of these guys as well as some terminators and a command group painted... They take ages to paint but look good on the table.
This one though is a single figure project for the local GW store. I am trying a few different things to see what I can do to speed the painting up without sacrificing detail... Once the flat varnish is applied it should all smooth out nicely.
Last edited by slorak; January 4th, 2012 at 01:21.
Ok. So I didn't quite get him finished tonight but I think I am making significant progress and hope to finish on Sunday. All of the armor has been painted, inked, re-highlighted, and touched up where necessary. I am not 100% pleased with the "rust" effects but once the varnish is on it should smooth out a bit.
All base coats are in place and I am starting to work on the details. I know there are some touch ups needed and they will be addressed.
Last edited by slorak; January 4th, 2012 at 01:24.
I don't know if it will help but perhaps a thin line of a darker colour as either a border (as the shadow if the rust is raised) or as a source (if the rust is a stain).
I really like the colour scheme though, the squad looks very cool, and I have complete confidence that by the time you have finished the new guy will look even better.
Yeah with the inks I used brown and flesh inks to create the rust areas. I plan on going back and painting the tubing between the joints black but will leave that for last. The highlighting is a bunch of back and forth with the inks and now I am using a white/bone mix to lighten up a bit. I don't want to over do it and I basically go back and forth until I am happy with the way it works...
At any rate now I know why I haven't painted these guys for awhile... They take forever! LOL In all seriousness though this guy hasn't been too much of a pain.
Great to see you working on these guys again. They look pretty damn swanky, nice going.
Looking good! That is quite a nice rust effect.
I was going to mention that the eyes look like they need a little more life but that's probably something you already planned on working on anyway.
Absolutely. The eyes and several other details only have basecoats.